Tag Archives: Spain

Hasta La Vista Havana – Part One

All things considered, Havana is possibly the best city I have ever visited. It is for certain in my top 5. It is like the best Spanish cities moulded into one – the edgy old town of Cadiz, the oceanside promenade and Art Deco of Barcelona, the majestic buildings of Madrid, the music & dance […]

My European Capital Rankings – 25 to 21

Such is the hot competition in Europe, my next five cities all make splendid destinations for short breaks. We really are spoiled for choice! 25 Vilnius Fairly low on my list, but still well worth a visit. Plenty of nice architecture on view and the usual mix of churches, [palaces, municipal buildings and cobbled streets. […]

2016 Gone, 2017 Beckons

As is the norm as around this time of year, travel reflection and anticipation are the order of the day. So did 2016 live up to travel expectations? Well I did not get any further than Europe, but count myself satisfied in the wanderlust department even though I have a burning desire to go further […]

European Train Tour #1 – Spain

Europe is a wonderful continent. Culturally & geographically diverse and incredibly easy to navigate from the Arctic to the Mediterranean or even the Atlantic to the Pacific. The best way to explore the region is by train with a vast network of train tracks criss-crossing the continent, connecting amazing cities and countries. Arm yourself with […]

Viva Vitoria

Continuing our long weekend in Bilbao……… As we had plenty of time over the next two days to explore the rest of Bilbao, we decided upon side trip. San Sebastián was the most obvious choice, but we plumped for the ‘third’ Spanish Basque city of Vitoria-Gasteiz. Return bus tickets cost us €12 each for the […]

Blessed Bilbao

I had been to many areas of Spain (starting with an infamous ’83 trip to Benidorm), but never the Basque region. In my youth I only knew of the violent separist movement who wanted independence for the region that straddles Northern Spain and Southern France. In relatively modern times it was the Guggenheim Museum and […]

Basque Derby

I made it to my first Spanish League Premier game on Sunday for the match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Osasuna. I have always had a soft spot for Bilbao ever since discovering that they only have players playing for them that are born in the Basque Region, an area give or take, the size […]

Sunday Photo 41

The Torre del Oro (Tower of Gold)  in Seville taken in 2011 from the Guadalquivir River. Built in the 13th Century it was erected by the Almohad Caliphate originally as a watchtower and was later to become a prison during the Middle Ages.  

Sunday Photo 35

Apart from the Alcazar, the other must see is the huge and mightily impressive Mezquita. The Moorish mosque has unmistakable arches as well as a wonderful carved ceiling and ornate mihrab. It also now houses a Catholic cathedral within its midst – sacrilege to many and certainly out of place by my reckoning.    

Friday Photo 34

Today’s photo comes from Cordoba in Spain. The small city is a beautiful place to visit and the Alcazar and their gardens a must see. The gardens are immaculate as this picture illustrates.